In the high-octane second episode of The Jump the thirteen remaining competitors faced one of the most exciting winter sports innovations in recent years, Snow Cross.
In this event, up to four competitors went head-to-head in a no-holds-barred battle to reach the finish line first. But with a winding course including turns, jumps and obstacles to negotiate, simply getting the bottom was a huge challenge and with contact between racers par for the course, it wasn’t just be the obstacles trying to stop them finishing first!
The stakes were high as the loser of each race would face the ski jump eliminator. The winner of each race took on the course again to take home the Snow Cross Mini Cowbell Trophy and the runners up raced again with all but the winner facing The Jump.
Race One: Spencer Matthews v Jason Robinson v Gareth Thomas
It was a scrabble from the start as the old rugby enemies vowed to take down the Chelsea boy. Jason was quick out of the gates but Spencer managed to take the lead at the first turn. But it wasn’t long before Jason and Gareth caught up and took him down leaving the rugby boys to fly down the course sending Spencer to The Jump eliminator as planned.
Race Two: Lydia Bright v Emma Parker-Bowles v Kadeena Cox
Kadeena got the quick start that that she’d planned and looked strong until she fell halfway down allowing Lydia to speed past her to victory. Kadeena managed to stay ahead of Emma ‘The Beast’ Parker -Bowles, but a fall from both just meters from the finish line left them both desperately scrabbling to make it to the end. With a photo finish in the end it was Kadeena who took second place sending Emma to The Jump.
Race Three: Mark Dolan v Robbie Fowler v Sir Bradley Wiggins v Louis Smith
As Bradley damaged his leg in Snow Cross training, the medics ruled that he could not race tonight.
Talking to Davina McCall in the studio Bradley said: “I’m disappointed, I’d love to be up there with the boys and you know as a sportsman we all want to be competing but you know I’m just hopeful I can stay in the competition and be back next week.”
The rules of The Jump state that any competitor injured is allowed one buy through in the series to the next event and so Bradley remains in the competition.
In this now three competitor race, there was one clear winner from the start, Louis, no one stood a chance of matching his speed or skill as he flew down the course. This left Robbie ‘fall over Fowler’ who’d not managed to stay on his feet for long during training and Mark to battle it out for second place. For once Robbie managed to star upright finishing second, leaving Mark to crawl over the finish line and head to The Jump.
Race Four: Jade Jones v Caprice Bourret v Amy Willerton
No one wanted to be taken down by Jade ‘the head hunter’ Jones in this race, but from the off it looked like she wouldn’t need to rely on her Taekwondo skills as she set the pace leaving Amy and Caprice behind. Amy wasn’t as fast as expected but a screaming Caprice still couldn’t catch her, so she faced The Jump.
In the first round of Jumps of the night, Spencer looked confident, he knew he’d jumped well last week and just had to remain focussed. Landing an impressive 14.75m, the other competitors knew they would have to dig deep to beat him. Emma was up next reaching 10.55m, putting Spencer in the safe zone and through to next week. Third to jump was Mark and with a jump of just 9.2m it looked like he might be heading home from the slopes for good.
Runners Up Race: Amy Willerton v Robbie Fowler V Gareth Thomas v Kadeena Cox
Kadeena took part in a hard fought heat and following that suffered from some symptoms associated with her MS. She was seen immediately by the medics who asked her to rest and not to race again tonight. She will be back to compete in the Skeleton next week.
Robbie and Gareth were down early on and Amy cruised past, but Gareth managed to make up ground overtaking her and gliding to victory. This sent both Amy and Robbie to face The Jump.
Winners Race: Jason Robinson v Lydia Bright v Jade Jones v Louis Smith
This race was purely for the glory and for the kudos of taking home a Mini Cowbell Trophy. This race was all about the boys and Jason was gunning for Louis and took him down straight out of the gates, it didn’t take long for Louis to take his revenge though sending Jason to the floor leaving him to fly down the course and take his second victory of the series.
The final three jumpers of the night knew all they needed to do was beat Mark’s 9.2m. Caprice was up first and saved her place in the competition with a 11.58m jump. Up next was Robbie who managed a respectable 13m leaving Mark to hope that Amy wouldn’t be able to better his distance. However, it wasn’t the comedians night as Amy jumped 11.43m knocking Mark out of the competition.
Mark said: This is the best thing I’ve done in my life.
The Jump returns next Sunday at 7:30pm on Channel 4 when the competitors will take on the Skeleton.
ITV, Kate Beckinsale to star in The Widow, a Harry and Jack Williams series
ITV have announced that Kate Beckinsale will take the leading role in ITV and Amazon Prime Video Drama, The Widow, from acclaimed writers Harry and Jack Williams. The series will be produced in conjunction with Amazon Prime Video.
In The Widow Kate will play Georgia Wells who has her life turned upside-down with a phone-call in the middle of the night. Her husband of over 10 years, Will, has been reported dead after a plane crash in the Congolese jungle.
Three years later, with her old life now a thing of the past, Georgia learns something shocking. Something that will take her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, looking to uncover the truth about his disappearance.
Still haunted by the past, Georgia is grieving for the man she loved and the life they’ve lost, but she hasn’t given up hope.
The Widow has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who said: “I’m delighted to announce Kate Beckinsale’s casting in The Widow. She is perfect for the role of Georgia in what is, as always, brilliant, compelling and surprising storytelling from Harry and Jack Williams. We’re very pleased to have secured the series which is an ITV original commission and co-production with Amazon Prime.”
On behalf of Amazon Prime Video, Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide TV Content Acquisition said: “We are thrilled to continue our existing relationship with Kate Beckinsale on the heels of her incredible performances in Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed films.”
“Harry and Jack Williams have created a powerful story, which will be brought to life by one of the world’s most talented actresses, and we are excited to bring this thrilling series to Prime members around the world,” he added.
Commented Harry and Jack Williams: “Kate Beckinsale is a brilliantly talented actress and we’re thrilled she’s joining us on this journey – we couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect for the role. The Widow is our most ambitious and cinematic piece to date and we can’t wait to bring the dark heart of the Congolese jungle to the screen.”
The Widow will be produced by Eliza Mellor (Liar, The Living and the Dead, Poldark, Death Comes to Pemberley) and will be directed by lead director Sam Donovan (Humans, Liar, Utopia) and Olly Blackburn (Donkey Punch, Glue) who is also directing four episodes of the series. Jack and Harry Williams will executive produce the drama.
The series will go into production in January 2018 in South Africa, Wales and Rotterdam.
The Widow will premiere on ITV before airing as an Amazon Prime Original in the US. The series will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories for members to watch via the Prime Video app for popular smart TVs, Fire TV, Fire Tablets and Android and iOS phones and tablets.
Channel 9, Married At First Sight 2018 New Series Premieres 29 Jan
What started as something of a social experiment but is now more or less straight reality (but still calling itself a social experiment), Married At First Sight will premiere it’s new series on Channel 9 on Monday January 29 at 7.30pm.
Once again the team – relationship expert John Aiken, neuropsychotherapist Dr Trisha Stratford, and dating and relationship expert Mel Schilling – aim to put relationships to the test in a unique experiment designed to determine if science can predict true love in couples who will get married at first sight.
The experts will undertake the mammoth task of pairing 20 brave singles to create their perfect match as 10 brides and 10 grooms undergo the most intense experiment yet.
The experts will match all our couples on the basis of extensive psychological and neurological testing and profiling.
Each couple meet for the first time on their wedding day, and from the moment they exchange vows their relationships are thrust under a microscope as they experience the highs and lows of marriage at full speed – alongside other couples riding the same rollercoaster.
Once again, the couples will reside under the same roof as relationships are tested like never before.
They’ll get the chance to compare their experiences at often explosive dinner parties – and put their relationships to the test at the most confronting commitment ceremonies we’ve ever seen.
But while some couples will struggle with all the complexities an intense relationship experiment brings, others will find true joy as their fairytale blossoms from first glance.
10 brides. 10 grooms. 10 weddings. Who will find true lasting love?
Netflix, German Supernatural drama Dark given Second Season
Netflix has renewed its first German original production, DARK, for a second season. The acclaimed drama created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese has resonated with audiences in Germany and around the world, including the U.S., Brazil, Italy, Turkey, Spain and France among other countries. DARK, a family saga with a supernatural twist, is now one of the most-watched entirely non-English shows on Netflix, a German series that transcends borders to connect with audiences in every country.
Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President of International Originals for Netflix, said: “When we first heard about DARK, we realized very early on that we hadn’t seen anything like this show before — in Germany or anywhere else in the world. DARK is a testament that great storytelling transcends geography. We’re excited that our members around the globe are captivated by the mysterious world of Winden, and will now be able to continue to see how the story unfolds.”
Showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese about the audience reception and the renewal of season two added: “We are overwhelmed by the response to DARK and are thrilled that our story has been a success with a global audience. Viewers have been captivated by the secrets of our protagonists and have taken delight in unravelling the various puzzles that the story presents. To know that we will now embark on our next journey is, for us showrunners, a dream come true. And our fans can be sure that we have plenty of surprises in store for the second season of DARK.”
Producer Quirin Berg concludes: “Jantje Friese, Baran Bo Odar, our wonderful actors and our fantastic team have put an incredible amount of energy into making DARK a unique and gripping series. We thank all of those who have accompanied us on this path. And we thank Netflix for their trust and for the excellent cooperation. We are extremely happy that DARK has by now received such an overwhelming response, both in Germany and around the world, and we are particularly thrilled about the quick decision by Netflix to take it into a second season. We can hardly wait to continue telling the story!”
DARK is now streaming on Netflix, it is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. In ten, hour-long episodes, the story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986.
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